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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships was a UK-wide programme enabling organisations to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance through a partnership with the University and a recent graduate.

The scheme placed bright, creative and ambitious graduates into companies to work on projects of strategic importance. 73% of graduates are offered employment on a permanent basis at the end of their KTP.

Previous partnerships successfully completed with companies include:

  • WoW Stuff! (Winner of National Business Awards 2009),
  • Fairfield Display and Lighting (Ltd) (Runners up in the Shropshire Business Award, Technology Innovation and Enterprise Category 2010)
  • Tough Furniture Ltd (Winners of the Shropshire Business Award, Technology Innovation and Enterprise Category 2010 and Special Recognition Award at the Impact Awards by Praxis Unico -image top right). Over a 2 year period, Tough Furniture collaborated with Wolverhampton University in a project that brought many changes to the Company. Improved design capabilities, new technologies and techniques adopted by the company has helped broaden the capabilities and offerings of Tough Furniture to their customers. 

Part funded by the ERDF, the University’s KEEN scheme gave businesses the chance to embark upon a strategic growth project with the support of a skilled graduate and leading academic. Designed to support projects lasting between 6-12 months, the KEEN scheme saw a graduate work full time in a business, specifically on a business growth project, backed up by a dedicated, leading academic.

Previous partnerships have been with companies including:

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"Accessible and inclusive culture" is one of Creative Europe's key aims. The EC's European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 aims to "remove barriers to equal participation in...leisure activities".

This project addressed both by removing "attitudinal barriers", exploring new ways to produce inclusive arts, for inclusive audiences. It aimed to lead to artists and spectators, with(out) disabilities, enjoying the same theatre experience at the same time, and without one artist/audience being favored over another. It worked on a Europe-wide problem around lack of inclusion in the arts.

It did this through 3 strands of activity: 
1) Test ways of cooperation between cultural centres and service providers to work together to engage a range of audiences (with(out) disabilities) in inclusive art performances. 
2) Encourage deaf and hearing artists to collaborate through piloting ((play: guardians of dreams) a new theatre technique - Innovative Bilingual Theatre (IBT) - using integrated sign and spoken language. 
3) Trial ways to adapt IBT for other different needs and media, e.g. blind, learning difficulties.

The project provided capacity building and transnational mobility through workshops in three areas: 
1) For cultural and service provider organisations, to learn how to engage audiences with different needs in the arts (theatre as a trial); 
2) For artistic directors, to learn how to use IBT as a tool for developing inclusive theatre performances (or adapt it to other media and needs); 
3) For artists, to learn how to perform using IBT in collaboration between artists with different needs (e.g. hearing and deaf).

The pilot IBT performance was a play produced by 6 partner countries, and premiered and toured in each.

The project concluded with a conference in Brussels, (International Deaf Week, 9/19). This included results and feedback from the workshops and performances, and presented the guidelines and the recommendations for European policy makers.



Start: 1 July 2017

End: 31 December 2019

Duration: 30 months

Funding stream: Creative Europe small-scale cooperation project

Project number: 583692

Project website:

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‌This project is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. The fellow is concerned with opening out the period of Brezhnev’s Thaw in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, to a renewed scrutiny. Covering art theory, cultural theory, philosophy, and political philosophy, the research will draw on both key and forgotten works, such as those by Evald Ilyenkov, Yuri Davidov, Lev Vigotsky, Georg Lukacs and Mikhail Lifshitz, as well as the critical legacy of Moscow conceptual art in order to better understand the dynamics of Soviet culture and its influence on contemporary culture, politics and art in Europe. This fellowship will challenge the largely negative perception of the cultural and philosophical achievements of this historical period. By using a cross-disciplinary approach, the fellow will demonstrate how the Brezhnev period, contrary to received views, produced a rich array of heterodox social theories, critical thinking, and cultural practices, that are comparable to Western emancipatory thinking and cultural theory of the time, but, remain, in quality, ambition and character, very different to their Western counterparts. The fellowship aims, then, to transform the conventional approach to post-socialist studies within the European academic context, in order to support and enhance a much needed cultural dialogue between the European Union and Russia.

Start: 7 November 2017

End: 6 November 2019

Duration: 24 months

Funding stream: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

Project number: 752417

More information: Prof John Roberts and Dr Francesco Paradiso

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 752417


The project aimed to enhance the status and professional role of audiodescribers and subtitlers, who are to be considered as proper entrepreneurs and capable of opening up new business ideas and opportunities. Participants accessed training workshops to boost their enterprise skills and developed knowledge on how to promote the business of audiodescription and subtitling among theatres, museums and cinemas.

The project included the creation of a practical start-up handbook for entrepreneurs in field of cultural accessibility (focus on audio description and subtitling for visually- and hearing-impaired people). This was a unique transnational product containing all steps required to launch a new business.

The development of a web platform offered participants the opportunity to be supported in the identification of the winning business model which would enable them to start up their own business career.



Start: 01 November 2017

End: 31 October 2019

Duration: 24 months

Funding stream: Erasmus + Strategic Partnerships

Total grant: €241,640

Project number: 2017-1-UK01-KA204-036688

More information: Ms Alison Carminke

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Download our practical business start-up handbook from the project website!

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AEERO developed a high-quality mobile and online learning platform. The platform hosted employer-led instructional video/ interactive artefacts which were created during the project and used for the vocational training of aerospace manufacturing apprentices predominantly, and established workers.

The platform and supporting materials provided a VET-based model for sector apprenticeships. This is vital to meet the needs of the industry (skills shortages, competition etc.) and provide skilled workers. It also provided opportunities for existing workers to upskill.

Ultimately, AEERO was committed to facilitating continuous and lifelong access to high-quality VET for space industry workers from all demographics. This positively contributed to the competitiveness of European-based aerospace industries who operate in a growing, yet challenging global market. AEERO met those specific needs of the industry.


  • University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom) (Project coordinator)
  • Alba Società Cooperativa Sociale a r.l. (Italy)
  • Bellyfeel Media Limited (UK)
  • INOVAMAIS - Servicos de consultadoria em inovacao tecnologica S.A. (Portugal)
  • Filmesdamente (Portugal)
  • In-Comm Training and Business Services Limited (UK)


Start: 01 September 2016

End: 31 August 2019

Duration: 36 months

Funding stream: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships

Project number: 2016-1-UK01-KA202-024658

Total grant: €389,603

Project website:

More information: Ms Sam Hope

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This project, funded by the‌ British Academy, aimed to restore visibility to 139 women who published travel books as authors, co-authors, contributors, letterpress writers, editors, and translators during a period in which women’s travel writing became established in Britain and Ireland.

Original biographical research on these authors contributed to our knowledge of the conditions of publishing, networking, and support that helped women become transformative presences in a male-dominated genre.

The research built upon and augmented the Database of Women’s Travel Writing (DWTW), launched at Chawton House Library in July 2014, which aims to provide accurate bibliographical entries for all books of travel by women published in Britain and Ireland during this period.

This final phase of the project produced a biographical dictionary of women travel writers, expanded the database to include new categories of collaborative authorship, and enhanced the user interface to maximise open access to the research.

***You can access and search the database***

Start: 1 May 2016

End: 31 January 2018

Duration: 21 months

Funding stream: British Academy Small Research Grant

Project number: SG151709

More information: Dr Ben Colbert

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‌This AHRC-funded project worked reflexively with groups who use the applied arts in an amateur context, to co-create and assess two distinct, contrasting routes to enhanced civic participation and the challenges they involve. Group co-reflection concerning the challenges participants face was undertaken at two key points (June & October) and Community Ambassadors kept reflexive diaries/blogs logging their perspectives on the challenges and benefits of participant involvement in purposeful collective making.

Working with minority groups such as the South Asian women's Textile group at Soho House Museum (SHM) and new groups accessed through partner organisation Creative Black Country (CBC), the project further explored the potential for collaborative making to address difference and inequalities of access to engagement by building trust and cooperation through purposeful making: the shared enthusiasm of communities of interest, for instance, and/or by providing a safe space to address difference, promote reciprocity, reflection and critical thinking

Start: 1 February 2017

End: 30 November 2017

Duration: 10 months

Funding stream: AHRC Follow-on Funding: Impact and Engagement

Project number: AH/P009638/1

More information: Prof Fiona Hackney (PI) and Knowledge Transfer Team


The Express & Star is an evening newspaper based in Wolverhampton with regional offices in Cannock, Dudley, Kidderminster, Stafford and Sandwell. The paper is published by The Midland News Association Ltd, henceforth referred to as “the MNA”, a number of different editions covering the Black Country, Birmingham and areas of the wider West Midlands from Stafford to Kidderminster.

The newspaper has a private photographic collection estimated at c.1 million images (estimated c.700,000 copyright of Express & Star from a sample counted in 2011); an amassed collection of photographic prints, with the associated news article clipping glued on the reverse of the majority, dating from c.1935 to 1995.

As a daily record of life in the Black Country over 100 years, the collection has significant historical and social relevance for the West Midlands and the nation. Spanning the majority of the 20th Century, the collection documents major shifts in society and landscape resultant of changes in politics, ideology, economics, culture, immigration, science, technology, medicine and more. These shifts are documented from the perspective of ‘ordinary’ people. Examples can be seen via Twitter (@ESPhotoArchive) and and you can show your support via the Friends Group

The Express & Star, Wolverhampton City Archives, under the auspices of WAVE: the Museums and Galleries of Wolverhampton (which is in turn governed by Wolverhampton City Council) and the University of Wolverhampton came together in a partnership c.2008 to preserve this collection and make it freely accessible to the public.

After our initial feedback from local residents, community groups, businesses and other organisations we successfully secured a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop the Second Round Delivery Phase.


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App.t aimed to create an app to support target groups more likely to be unemployed in the current EU economy, and their trainers. It contained interactive training content which focused on developing business start-up skills based on the principles of social enterprise. Participants developed soft skills and work preparation skills to ultimately increase their employability and access to the labour market. The project aimed to make learning employability skills more attractive and accessible for people who favour modern social media technology tools like mobile phones in preference to historical learning and communication methods. Accessibility and recognition of learning was therefore at the heart of the project and was achieved, predominantly, although not exclusively, through the app format and possible accreditation/progression routes mapping.  

The training content was been adapted and developed through an existing Leonardo Transfer of Innovation Project: SET4WORK (Social Enterprise Training for Work) led by UK-based Siawns Teg with partners from Lithuania, Italy, Slovakia, UK and Germany.

The main objectives were:

  • Adapt the existing content to an app
  • Identify informal/non-formal learning and match to formal qualification routes in partner countries
  • Translate and adapt the existing content to the specific target groups of the new partners: Germany and Czech Republic and update in relation to UK and Lithuania partners to ensure relevance
  • Design and develop an interactive app
  • Map content to possible accreditation and progression routes for recognition of learning and employ the principles of ECVET
  • Test and pilot the app
  • Create supporting user guides for trainees and trainers


Start: 01 January 2015

End: 31 August 2017

Duration: 32 months

Funding stream: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships

Project number: 2014-1-UK01-KA202-001615

Project website: (no longer available)

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More information: Ms Alison Carminke

Across Europe there are some good practices but generally the level of accessibility of theatres to blind and partially sighted is very low. Millions of EU citizens are completely excluded from cultural life. There is a real need to significantly improve the opportunities for visually impaired people to experience art and culture through Audio description. It must be also underlined that an average of 1 in 30 Europeans experience sight loss (WHO) and the number of people in EU with sight loss is set to increase in the future (demographic shifts towards the predominance of older age group, incidence of obesity and diabetes).

The Theatres for ALL  project wanted to make local theatres accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired by encouraging local arts companies and theatres to integrate high quality services of audio description into their organizational cultures and programming. 

In order to do so the project focused on improvement of skills of audio describers, audio translators, cultural administrators, exchange of best practices between cultural operators, enhancement of business models for audio description services for theatres.


Start: 01 September 2015

End: 30 April 2017

Duration: 20 months

Funding stream: Creative Europe Culture Smaller scale cooperation projects

Project number: 559260

More information: Mr Neil Reading or Ms Alison Carminke

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The POP Drama project aimed to support the circulation of European dramaturgy by selecting 4 plays to be toured as staged readings in four countries and eight plays to be circulated in English.

Calls for playwriting at national level selected the dramas to be translated into other partners’ languages and then circulated among European theatres. In order to guarantee a good quality level of the selected playwrights, a panel of experts was committed to the project for each country.

The involvement of university students as a new audience for EU dramaturgy was reached by implementing a structured audience development strategy. Students were involved in order to take part on the panel of judges (people’s choice jury) that voted on the playwriting to be awarded, thus directly experiencing dramaturgy on the “stage”. This stimulated their involvement contributing thereby to develop a young, critical and engaged audience. 


Start: 01 December 2015

End: 28 February 2017

Duration: 15 months

Funding stream: Creative Europe Culture Smaller scale cooperation projects

Project website: (no longer available)

Project number: 2015–1137 / 001-001

More information: Mr Neil Reading or Ms Alison Carminke

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This project, funded through the Arts Council England's Museum Resilience Fund, was a partnership between WAVE: the museums galleries and archives of Wolverhampton, and the University of Wolverhampton. The starting point for this activity was the long association of the Gallery with the University. This relationship was the subject of research for the display Traced: Art Education in Wolverhampton 1851-1970 in 2009 and again for the Sensing Sculpture redisplays in 2012. The Municipal School of Art was one of the founding departments of the University. The Art Gallery currently occupies the site that was originally purpose-built accommodation for the Gallery and the School of Art completed in 1884/5. The School of Art moved out in 1969. Up to this point the Headmaster had been the curator of the Gallery. Thus the history of the two organisations has been closely linked for over a century.

This project created a steering group to allow both institutions to expand this work, exploring a wider range of opportunities in a more strategic way. The steering group enabled proposals from WAVE and the faculties of the University to be reviewed and developed in partnership.

Duration: April 2015 - September 2016

More information: Ms Alison Carminke

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The aim of Sign Media Smart  is to develop a multilingual glossary for media-related terminology. This glossary will be available on mobile platforms, so that it can be used on the move; in studio, on location, in post production and in the office where it will help to enhance communication.


Languages of the glossary:


BSL / English,
ÖGS / German,
LIS / Italian,
Swedish SL and Swedish.


The glossary includes signed videos and written texts, specialised terminology, explanations, and illustrations.


Who can use the app?


  • Individuals already working in the media industry (who want to enhance their lexicon),
  • Individuals wishing to develop a career in media,
  • Hearing co-workers of deaf individuals working in the media industry,
  • Students of media-related fields,
  • Deaf individuals, who’d like to enhance their vocabulary (and/or want to learn specialised vocabulary),
  • Hearing individuals, who’d like to learn specialised vocabulary,
  • Interpreters,
  • Teachers


Duration: October 2013 -  September 2015


More information: Ms Sam Hope


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The LiMe project started in January 2013 and ran for 26 months. The University of Wolverhampton's contribution was managed by the International Academy with support from the Faculty of Arts. It used media to tackle teaching and learning of languages and culture. It stemmed from a shared understanding that in order to fully integrate, migrants must feel part of the community in which they live. LiMe will help migrants to develop language and cultural competences by providing them with tools to decode the language and culture portrayed in the multimedia environment around them. The LiMe platform is now available for use online. 





Start: January 2013

End: March 2015

More information: Ms Helen Sargeant



Silent Signal: Loop

Animate Projects curated and produced Silent Signal, a project funded by the Wellcome Trust that brought together six artists and six scientists to create experimental animations for gallery and online exhibition that immersed the viewer in the networked worlds of organic communication. The Faculty of Art's Dr Samantha Moore collaborated with Dr Serge Mostowy from Imperial College London to produce Loop

The Cabinet of Curses: Identification of poppets held within the Museum of Witchcraft Collection

‌This project was a partnership between Dr Louise Fenton and the Museum of Witchcraft, Cornwall. It was funded by the Association of Art Historians to foster collaborations between Museums and Universities. Dr Fenton researched the origins of some of the poppets held in the Museum collection, and uncovered some fascinating information regarding the people, places and motives for cursing.  This project deepened public understanding of twentieth century folk magic, provided vital provenance for the Museum's collections, and inspired future projects and collaborative work with universities and researchers.

ALTERAE: The Linguistic Representation of the Other

The general project aims were to explore linguistic and discursive features that fiction and non-fiction language users choose, deliberately or otherwise, from available yet ever-changing repertoires to construct self and other identity. The CTTR team investigated transnational identity construction in online media during the London Olympics.

The London Olympics were a laboratory in situ for studying formal and informal discourses on foreignness, the foreign, national identity and character in online media and the related blogosphere. Compiling a corpus from a range of online media (representing various political and class audiences) particularly during the week preceding the opening and the week following the closing ceremonies, researchers investigated discursive patterns and change in representations of the competing nations.

Funding: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spain) (€25,000)

Duration: 2012-2015

More information: Dr Ben Colbert


Creating sustainable innovation through design for behaviour change

This AHRC-funded project started in March 2014 and ran for 6 months. The proposed project has resulted in the first holistic overview of design for behaviour change as a driver for sustainable innovation. This will provide a basis for developing successful strategies for the effective implementation of sustainable innovation through design for behaviour change by public and private service providers with focus on SMEs.

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Duration: 2014 (six months)

More information: Dr Kristina Niedderer

‌From Kalahari Campfire to iPad app: Turning a San Oral Folktale into a Cybertale

The aboriginal people of southern Africa, the San, are justly famous for their oral story telling. This project aims to reimagine and recreate a traditional tale and publish it in various digital formats in order to model how this art form can be revitalized and globally commercialized. The e-tale will be transcribed in a San vernacular and retold in English. Notes on San history and culture will be an interactive feature. Other rich media content will include visual and audio material - a click consonant pronunciation guide, for example.The enhanced e-tale will be published as an app. for a tablet reader and as an iBook. It is hoped that rights and royalties can belong to a San organization nominated by the PI and San participants.

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Duration: March 2012 - March 2014

More informationCandi Miller


SignMedia was a European project. The two-year project started in November 2010 and was funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.

The objective of SignMedia was to develop an interactive learning resource that teaches elements of written English through sign language. Users encounter a flexible and engaging learning environment, combining elements of video, animation and game-play.

All learning activities are designed around authentic media documentation taken from the production process, such as Location Risk Assessments, Crew and Actors Call Sheets and Scripts, enabling Deaf users to develop language skills that are directly transferrable to their work environment.

A European collaboration, the experienced project consortium of Deaf and hearing professionals offered expertise in e-learning, media, Deaf education, sign language and linguistics: 

Duration: November 2010 -  October 2012

More information: Ms Sam Hope




The Sign Media online learning tool


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Developing New Avenues for Silver Design: Exploring elasticity as a medium for emotional expression

This AHRC practice-led grant explored three areas: 1) the technical aspects of joining thin hard-rolled Argentium through laser welding; 2) the design development, which investigated how the material and process can be combined to exploit the elasticity of silver; 3) the expressive opportunities arising from the introduction of elastic movement into silver design.

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Duration: 2008-2010

More information: Dr Kristina Niedderer


Caste Aside: Dalit Punjabi Identity and Experience

This research into the experience of caste prejudice in personal relations faced by dalits (the ex-Untouchable Indian castes) in the UK and urban Indian Punjab seeks to understand, through the eyes of the sufferers, why the practice of caste hierarchies and caste prejudices persist. The killing of a Ravidasi guru in Austria by orthodox Sikhs in 2009, followed by wide-spread violent response in the Indian Punjab and the attendant surge for further separation between caste groups in the UK, prompt questions into the conditions for greater mixing, the complex role of overseas migration, and wider socio-economic and political factors besides caste endogamy.

Funding: Leverhulme Foundation Fellowship (£45,000)

Duration: September 2010 – June 2012

More informationDr Meena Dhanda


Black Country Creative Advantage

Black Country Creative Advantage was a partnership between the Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation at the University of Wolverhampton, and the arts organisation Multistory based in West Bromwich. With this two-year initiative the project aimed to investigate through collective reflection and action how arts practices can relate to or impact upon regeneration practices to support a more democratic involvement of local people in culture, public planning and developments where they live.

Duration: November 2009 - October 2011


EU Ceramic 

Integration into life-long learning of work-based competences; development of content and concepts of continuous training; production of pedagogic tools.

A project for schools and professionals in the world of ceramics as additional tool to aid creation, tranfer innovation, to share skills, through the development of digital training tools. Using modern methods to share skills and competences of ancestral craft to protect european cultural and artistic heritage.



Centre International de Formation à la Céramique , Saint Amand en Puisaye, France

Keramicke Studio Jarmily, Tynerove, Czech Republic

Videoscop, Universite Nancy, France